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9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Last entry at 6:00 p.m.


We’re renovating our concessions at Cypress Circle. Look for many other refreshment options at Macaw Cafe, Twiga Cafe and at carts and kiosks around the zoo.

The Kathrin McGovern Water Play Park is closed this weekend for maintenance.

Saturday, September 20, Twiga Cafe will close early at 5:00 for a private event.

Monday, September 22, Carruth Natural Encounters will close early at 4:30 for a private event.

Special Activity Times

Giraffe Feeding Platform
Opens at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
May close due to weather conditions and giraffe participation.

Kathrine McGovern Water Play Park
Open daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., April 1 – October 31.
Closes when the temperature is below 70 degrees and when thunderstorms are nearby.

Naturally Wild Swap Shop
9 a.m. – 11:45 a.m., 1 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Tropical Bird House: 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Bug House: Opens 9:30 a.m.

Reptile and Amphibian House Opens at 10:00 a.m.

4-D Experience Showtimes

Show times are approximate; please check the schedule when you visit the zoo for exact times.

Monday through Friday:
Planet Earth – Ice Worlds: 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00, 5:00, 6:00

SpongeBob SquarePants – The Great Jelly Rescue: 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30, 5:30, 6:30

Saturday and Sunday
Planet Earth – Ice Worlds: 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00, 5:00, 6:00

SpongeBob SquarePants – The Great Jelly Rescue: 9:40, 10:20, 10:40, 11:20, 11:40,12:20, 12:40, 1:20, 1:40, 2:20, 2:40, 3:20, 3:40, 4:20, 4:40, 5:20, 5:40, 6:20

Getting Around the Zoo

Zoo Map
Need help getting around the Zoo?
Print this handy map and bring it
with you, or just take a look at it.
View the Zoo Map


Download Our Zoo App
Our digital tour guide to the zoo.
Get our app and take the zoo with you.

Getting to the Zoo

The Houston Zoo is located in Hermann Park adjacent to the Texas Medical Center and the Museum District. We have two entrances:

Our Main Entrance and parking lot is located at:

6200 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, Texas 77030

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Our Medical Center Entrance, located on Cambridge Street across from Ben Taub Hospital, provides convenient dropoff, pickup and pedestrian access (There is no parking at this gate). This gate is open only on weekends and major holidays.

Make sure to check traffic maps before leaving for the Zoo. It’s a jungle out there.


Exit Hermann Park/Rice U Station (at Fannin and Sunset) or Memorial Hermann Hospital/Houston Zoo Station (on Fannin between Cambridge and Ross Sterling).

A great reason to go green and ride METRO: save $2 off an adult admission and $1 off a child’s admission when you present your Q Card, METRO bus, or METRORail ticket at the Zoo admission booth!


Free parking is available outside the Zoo’s main entrance on Hermann Park Drive. (Parking is part of Hermann Park and is not owned or operated by the Zoo.) When the main lot fills, free alternate parking may be available at other lots in Hermann Park.

Map of Parking Lots in Hermann Park
Map Provided by the Hermann Park Conservancy

Overflow Parking Garage
Another parking option is the Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza Garage. Special rates apply on the weekends.
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Other parking options: Catch METRORail at the Fannin South Park & Ride lot (1604 West Bellfort, between Knight and Fannin), or park in a midtown parking lot (rates vary), and head to a METRORail station.

Houston B-cycle

There is a Houston B-cycle bicycle station in Hermann Park outside the Zoo. Houston B-cycle is a “bike sharing” program that works as an additional transportation alternative for people living and visiting Houston. For more information visit the Houston B-cycle website.